Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
In the event the Mets decide to trade Ike Davis, the New York Post’s Joel Sherman speculates that the Brewers, Marlins and Twins — and maybe the Rays, Rockies and White Sox — would have interest in acquiring him.
Ike left last Saturday night’s game with a strained oblique that the team said will force him to miss the rest of the season. He received an injection in his oblique, Terry Collins told reporters on Wednesday.
He will end 2013 having hit .205 with nine HR and 33 RBI. He hit 32 home runs in 2012.
In his report, Sherman details the ins and outs of keeping, cutting or trading Ike Davis, which he says the Mets will first discuss at the end of this season.
Sherman uses the Orioles’ Chris Davis as the worst-case scenario for the Mets, who risk seeing Ike produce for another team if he’s cut loose (like the Rangers are experiencing with Chris Davis, who they traded away in 2011 after he struggled to meet expectations in Arlington). Chris Davis hit one home run every 20 or so at bats before this season, a similar pace to Ike. However, Chris will likely finish 2013 with more than 50 home runs, making himself today’s most prominent power hitting first baseman.
Why is “Crash Davis” doing what he’s doing, despite having roughly 2,000 career at bats where he could have figured himself out before 2013?
“He turned 27,” an MLB personnel head told Sherman. In other words, some times it just takes a player gaining experiencing, maturing, tuning out the haters and becoming comfortable with who he is before becoming a successful baseball player. Ike is 26 years old.
So, here’s the question: Can this happen for Ike on the Mets, at the tune of roughly $5 million a year, at a time when the team is trying to turn the corner in to a new era, in New York City with Mets fans and media scrutinizing his every at bat? If yes, how long can Sandy Alderson wait for Ike to emerge? If not, who plays first base?
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